So can I start by asking, why do you want to read this blog?  Sorry, I just went into interviewer autopilot then.  Yes, the factual entertainment show The Job Interview returned for a second series this week.   In each episode we meet hopeful candidates as they are grilled for jobs with companies such as Virgin […]

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We love a good opening ceremony here at Shouting at the Telly (as you can see from our review of the opening of the Rio games back in 2016), but Winter Olympic opening ceremonies are usually better as they are madder.  I think this is because the sports and the people who play them are […]

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I have a confession to make.  I love assembling flat pack furniture.  OK, I know it’s a bit weird, but I love getting the bits of wood out of the brown boxes; I love the assembly diagrams and I especially love the Allen keys.  Infact I have never thrown an Allen key out and my […]

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Celebs aren’t what they used to be.  Whenever you saw “celebrity xxx” you hoped you might see some national treasures making fools of themselves.  This is still the case with show like Dancing on Ice (which we reviewed here the other week)  but E4 has set the bar much lower.  I mean limbo dancing low. […]

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What is it with Saturday night and singing contests? The latest offering is Altogether Now. (Which has nothing to do with the Farm song of the same name, but don’t worry, you can listen to that here). This is the BBC’s attempt to supersize the singing show format. Four judges? That’s so X Factor! Spinning […]

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Did anyone watch the Frankie Drake Mysteries this week on Alibi?  No?  Just me?  Thought so.  I’ll be honest it’s the first time I have ever watched Alibi.  On Sky it lies somewhere between the decent channels and the movie channels.  It’s part of the UKTV group of channels so the likes of Dave, Gold […]

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Who knew that Pro-Am painting was not only a thing, but actually a spectator sport? This is exactly what Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2018 is and it returned for its 4th series this week.  If you thought the Bake Off was middle class, then this will blow your John Lewis socks off. […]

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Women are funny.  No, that’s not a misogynist comment, comedians who happen to be female are as funny, often more funny, than their male colleagues.  That statement may sound as misogynist as the first line, but the subject of women in comedy has been the subject of books, TV documentaries and University dissertations.  Comedy is […]

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Dancing on Ice is back on our screen (or ”Strictly with the risk of concussion” as it is more accurately known).  For nearly a decade it ran as the second most dangerous celeb reality show (The Jump being the daddy of shows that left celebs permanently damaged).  It ended when Torvill and Dean decided that […]

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Nothing quite says Christmas like a bonnet…or is that Easter?  Well the BBC seems to currently have the world supply of headwear and they have been showing it off all this week in their schedules.  The undoubted champion bonnet bonanza can be found in the adaption of the Louisa May Alcott’s American classic Little Women.  […]

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Kirstie Alsop has a lot of time on her hands. While most of us are running ourselves ragged trying to find the ultimate Christmas present so that our loved ones can experience “a real John Lewis Christmas”, Kirstie is making tat out of bits of rubbish and claiming that this is the real meaning of […]

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That Ricky Gervais has got a lot to answer for.  Since the advent of The Office, “cringe comedy” seems to be the order of the day on BBC TWO at 10:00 pm. This is the sort of comedy that you feel uncomfortable watching and sometimes just want it to end.  The latest entry into this […]

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For many, superheroes are merely an easy Halloween costume choice; for some of us, they are more like friends. (I’ve just realised how sad that sounds now that I have written it down.  I don’t mean as in an imaginary friend way, just that I like them…and would like to be them…well some of them.) Sky […]

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“Ready….steady…. change channels”. Hold on, that’s not right.  “Bake”. That’s it. This week saw the return of The Great British Bake Off (or just Bake Off to its close personal friends, people who are too lazy to utter 3 more words and people who are uncomfortable with the imperialistic idea that Britain is somehow the […]

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In preparation for The Great British Bake Off moving to the channel (more of which next week), Channel 4 have launched another rip off, sorry, homage series. First we had cakes, then sewing, then allotments, then pottery…now Lego. Lego Masters is trying to raise a childs toy the standard of a real “hobby” (although let’s […]

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